Early Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

Early Holiday Events in Northeast Ohio

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If your family is in the mood for some early festive fun, you’re in luck. There are plenty of early holiday happenings taking place throughout the month of November and into early December.


November 2-18

Elf Jr., The Musical. This modern-day holiday classic is sure to make every young performer embrace his or her “inner elf” with plenty of large ensemble numbers featuring elves (and New Yorkers) of every type. The Brecksville Theatre, 49 Public Square, Brecksville, 440-736-7749, thebrecksvilletheatre.org


November 8-9

Marketplace Holiday Gala. Let the festivities begin as Gervasi Vineyard kicks off the holiday season at The Marketplace’s annual Holiday Gala. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Gervasi Vineyard, 1700 55th St. NE, Canton, 330-497-1000, gervasivineyard.com


November 9-10

Babes in Toyland. Production of Babes in Toyland, choreographed by Dancing Wheels’ own Catherine Meredith. The Breen Center for Performing Arts, 1911 W. 30th St.,Cleveland, dancingwheels.org


November 12

Parent & Community Training: Making the Holiday Happy. If you have a child with a disability or mental health diagnosis, there may be some extra issues to consider during this time. This training will give you a few tips to make them a little easier and ensure a great experience for all. 4-6 p.m. Silver Lining Group, 24865 Detroit Road, Westlake, 440-250-8800.


November 15

Sensory Friendly Movie: The Grinch. Sensory film showings feature more light and lower sound. Shows start between 5 and 5:30 pm. Lake 8 Movies, 588 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, lake8movies.com


November 16-18

Medina Candlelight Walk. Shops and restaurants of the nine-block Medina historic district will be open later into the evening to welcome local and visiting guests from around the region. Medina Public Square, mainstreetmedina.com


November 17

Kids Hanukkah Menorah Building Workshop Join jHUB and The Home Depot for an afternoon to learn how to use hammers and nails to build a Hanukkah Menorah. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon and  1:30 p.m. The Home Depot, 6199 Wilson Mills Road Highland Heights. Space is limited. Registration required. For more info, contact Danya Shapiro at [email protected], 216-371-0446, jhubcle.org

Tree Lighting Ceremony. Debuting the official start of the season, Crocker Park will welcome back the 50-foot Christmas tree with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Kira Kosarin. 5-7:30 p.m. 89 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake, crockerpark.com


November 17-18

Mr. Jingeling’s Holiday Jubilee. Climb aboard this holiday season and enjoy a fun-filled train ride with Santa’s #1 Elf! Mr. Jingeling will bring the holiday magic on board as he shares traditional Christmas songs and some short stories of life in the North Pole. Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, 800-468-4070, cvsr.com


November 17 & 24

Elf Labs. Elf Labs is a fun and fanciful experience just for kids. A team of exuberant elves will escort your children through seven unique stations where they will experience the magic of Christmas. Castle Noel, 260 S. Court St., Medina, castlenoel.com


November 17-25

Holiday Tree Festival. Kick off the holiday season at this festival featuring more than 200 decorated trees, 85,000 strings of lights and countless other holiday creations. John S. Knight Center, 77 E. Mill St., Akron, 330-374-8900, akronchildrens.org/treefestival


November 18

illumin18. Pinecrest’s inaugural holiday lighting event includes a host of family-friendly activities and performances, including the opening of Pinecrest’s Central Park skating rink. Evening ends with an outdoor screening of “The Polar Express.” 200 Park Ave., Orange Village, discoverpinecrest.com

November 20 through December 22

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors vibrantly comes to life in this delightful musical parable. Weathervane Playhouse, 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626, weathervaneplayhouse.com


November 23 through December 30

Deck the Hall. Come see the estate illuminated inside and out with over one million lights with the Manor House interiors decorated to reflect the theme of Winter Wonderland. Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 N. Portage Path, Akron, 330-863-5533, stanhywet.org


November 23 through December 23

Country Lights. Live lighted trees deck the halls that lead to Santa’s Workshop and the Little Elf Corner. Take a wagon to see operating model trains, farm animals and Holiday Horses. 4:45-9 p.m. Lake Metroparks Farmpark, 8800 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, 440-256-2122, lakemetroparks.com


November 23 through December 30

Wild Lights. Come enjoy the wildest lighting display this holiday season. Nearly the entire zoo is decorated and several animals will be out. Akron Zoo, 505 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org


November 24

Holiday Card Making. Get a jump on the holidays with handmade cards. Drop in to make cards for any holiday including birthdays or Christmas. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wolf Creek Environmental Center, 6100 Ridge Road, Wadsworth, 330-722-9364, medinacountyparks.com

Winterfest. Enjoy a special appearance from Santa, fireworks, tree lighting ceremony, games, carriage rides, ice skating, live music and more. 1-7:30 p.m. Public Square, downtowncleveland.com


November 24 through December 4

Ballet Theatre of Ohio presents The Nutcracker. This classic has become a treasured holiday tradition for families of all ages. Akron Civic Theatre, 182 S. Main St., 330-253-2488, akroncivic.com


November 24 through December 6

A Song in the Flame (A Tale of Israel). Chanukah is a time of music, light and celebration, but for best friends Esti and Leah, this year it is bittersweet. Talespinner Children’s Theatre, 5209 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, 216-264-9680, talespinnerchildrenstheatre.org


November 25

Gingerbread Houses – Straight from the Woods. Build a nature-inspired gingerbread house with items from the outdoors. 2-4 p.m. Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org


November 30 through December 19

Prancer. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. Magical Theatre Company, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton, 330-848-3708, magicaltheatre.org


November 30 through December 2

Home for the Holidays. Visions of sugarplums and other Christmas goodies will be dancing in your head as you walk through the Lake County History Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 415 Riverside Drive, Painesville Twp., lakehistory.org


December 1

Light Up Lakewood. Free, family-friendly event on Detroit Avenue featuring a holiday parade, lighting ceremony, winter fireworks, live music, ice carvings and more. 4-8 p.m. 14701 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, lakewoodalive.com


December 2

Winter Lights Lantern Festival/Holiday CircleFest. A free annual Circle-wide celebration with activities, entertainment and a procession. 1-5:30 p.m. The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., 216-707-2483, clevelandart.org

Hudson Holiday Walk. Enjoy horse and carriage rides, kids’ activities, caroling and more, plus bring a new unwrapped toy and help Stuff the Humvee with NEOPAT to assist local military families in need this holiday season. Noon-5 p.m. firstandmainhudson.com

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  1. I guess I know what we will be doing this holiday season. Great list!

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